Off The Wall Anniversary Art Auction and Gala Draws Aficionados to Pasadena's Armory Center for the Arts

Published : Wednesday, June 5, 2019 | 5:17 AM

The Off The Wall Anniversary Art Auction and Gala on June 1 drew artists and art aficionados from Pasadena and beyond to celebrate the 30th anniversary of the Armory Center for the Arts on Saturday night.

Works from well-regarded artists were presented at the gala, a fundraiser that supports the Armory Center and its various educational art programs.

On hand was a group of the who’s who of the art world and including the Armory’s own Leslie Ito, executive director, Jon Lapointe, director of communications, Andrew Gould director of development and Lorraine Cleary Dale director of education. It’s a tried and true event in its 18th year.

“We’re really happy to celebrate our 30th anniversary with longtime patrons,” Ito said of the event estimated to have drawn 300 attendees. “The vibe was strong and we could not have celebrated without our donors, our artists and the restaurants that support us.”

The food for the “Strolling Supper” was provided by a range of Pasadena restaurants. The catering was curated, managed, and supervised by Armory board member Gale Kohl of Gale’s Restaurant, who coordinated offerings from 20 of Pasadena’s finest restaurants (full list at  Gale’s Restaurant was also the official wine and spirits sponsor for Off the Wall. Special shoutout to Sushi Roku for the on-site sushi bar, Mijares Mexican Restaurant for their glorious buffet station, and Kitchen for Exploring Foods was the desert provider.

Up for bid were more than 60 objets d’art created by established artists including the late Herb Ritts, Ed Ruscha, Susan Rankaitis and others.

Notable sales include $15,000 for a painting by LA-based artist Henry Taylor, arguably one of the hottest artists in the world.

“This is the highest bid we’ve ever received for an Off the Wall art auction,” Lapointe said.

Other notable sales include a painting by Patrick Martinez, an emerging artist represented by LA’s Charlie James Gallery. Martinez is the first former Armory student to be included in an Off The Wall auction. Patrick was bussed to Armory ceramics classes nearly 30 years ago, and has publicly cited Armory as his first exposure to the art world.

The musical entertainment was by  Queertet, a Los Angeles’ LGBTQ string ensemble, which performed compelling renditions of beloved songs, including “Superstar” by The Carpenters.

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